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ISIS followers preach openly in Moscow mosques

ISIS followers preach openly in Moscow mosques

Migrants from Tajikistan say that the followers of ISIS (this organisation is forbidden in Russia) have started openly give their speeches in Moscow mosques. They try to stop Tajik theologists’ mouth who are against extremism.

ISIS followers preach openly in Moscow mosques

A number of portals which cover the life of the Tajiks in Russia informed the audience about the incident occurred on the 26th of February in the Cathedral Mosque in Prospekt Mira Street. After the Friday’s prayer, a young well-known preacher from Tajikistan Khairiddin Abdullo gave a special speech for the Tajiks in the mosque. His speech was interrupted by the loud takbir. The young preacher remarked that it was not allowed to shout and interrupt imam’s speech at the mosque. Some people who call themselves “Salafites” came up to him threatening bodily harm. “Pseudo-Salafites” were very angry about Khairiddin Abdullo saying that the Shias are also Muslims. Takfiris from ISIS demonstrate such an uncompromising attitude towards Shias. They tend to blame everyone who does not agree with them with regard to this question for unbelief. The guys were going to take the law into their own hands outside. Fortunately, Khairiddin Abdullo did not sustain injuries. “Pseudo-Salafites” could have realized that they would be responsible for such insolent conduct  in the central mosque of the capital.

ISIS followers preach openly in Moscow mosques

The young Tajik preacher has been refuting arguments of those who recruit uneducated young people by means of some radical ideology. Khairiddin Abdullo convinces young Tajiks not to believe various arguments of pseudo-Islamic religious sects. The preacher has not only been threatened for his work but was once attacked. Somebody attacked him last summer. Two people came up to him by the underground entrance. One of them stabbed him in the stomach. The other one stabbed him in his neck from behind. Although the young theologist was bleeding, he managed to call his friends and asked them for help.

ISIS followers preach openly in Moscow mosques

Many experts and state officials cannot but admit that there is a high risk of Tajik migrants’ radicalisation. Lack of knowledge about the religion coupled with the social economic and political problems in Tajikistan create favourite environment for radical recruiters in the country. The number of Tajik leaving for Syria and Iraq is rapidly growing. Those in power are more worried about own safety and profit than the distress in the country. The unstable situation in the country may have a negative impact on Russia where millions of Tajiks live. It is a known fact that many of those who left for ISIS were recruited in Moscow. Most of those who left for the so called “jihad” are hooked on the stories about high salaries in “caliphate”. There are also quite a few Takfiris from Tajikistan in ISIS. They do not have any proper Islamic education. Most of their knowledge is based on what they heard from the radical imams.

This issue can be resolved if all of its aspects are looked into: educational, social, economic and political. It will take quite a long time if not decades to solve the problem. Yet, the risk of Tajikistan, which has strong ties with Russia, turning into another Afghanistan is too high.